Abou Diaby says he’s hoping to be running in a month’s time as he continues to recuperate from anterior knee ligament surgery on his left knee.
The French international is currently undertaking his rehabilitation at the Clairefontaine Academy just outside Paris but won’t kick a football in anger until 2014 at the earliest.
Reflecting on the slow process of getting back to fitness, Diaby told Football.fr:
“I’m on schedule even if my condition fluctuates. Sometimes I’m ahead, sometimes I’m behind, but I should be able to start running in four weeks.”
As the player himself well knows it’s a long road to recovery, but it’s heartening to hear that he’s still focused on a full recovery.
This time last year Abou’s summer return to fitness gave Wenger the chance to opt out of buying midfield reinforcements. Arsene being Arsene, he took that chance.
For about a month it looked as though his gamble had paid off, however, it was obvious that each time Diaby succumbed to a niggly injury so his confidence and form suffered. Without wanting to sound cruel there was an unfortunate inevitability about it.
This summer Arsene knows he can’t count on Diaby. Indeed, if we’re being really harsh we’d have to admit he can’t necessarily rely on Rosicky (who made 3 less starts) either. With Wilshere again recovering from an ankle procedure and Chamberlain, Ramsey and the Coq still quite raw it remains a position which could do with beefing up.
If the boss does make signings it could be that Abou finds himself a long way down the pecking order by the time he’s fit.